Dunedin Jays swept in playoffs despite strong season

Despite owning the best overall record (85-53) in the Florida State League, the Dunedin Blue Jays could not translate their success into the playoffs. The Jays suffered a two-game sweep at the hands of the Fort Myers Miracle in the first round of the postseason, putting an abrupt end to their otherwise successful year.

Many positives emerged from the 2008 campaign for Dunedin. Perhaps the most important of which was manager Omar Malave netting the FSL’s Manager of the Year award. Malave led the Dunedin squad to the best record in the league this year, which translated into the Jays reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Another positive for the club was that four of its players were named to the FSL’s 2008 Post-Season All-Star team. Among the players chosen were right-handed starter Reidier Gonzalez, second baseman Brad Emaus, outfielder Cory Patton and designated hitter Brian Dopirak.

*In other news from Toronto’s farm system, the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League were also eliminated from the playoffs following a two-game sweep in the first round. The Lugnuts dropped the first game of the series, 3-1, to the Dayton Dragons and then fell, 7-3, in game two.

— David Singh

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